BOX OFFICE: “Marry Me” tries a trial separation, “Death” barely floats

It’s not Valentine’s Day yet, but the big room com released this weekend — almost all ROM and no com — is already being called a flop.

Marry Me” is sweet and it plays, but it didn’t manage much on Thursday night or Friday and looks to be an $8 million opening weekend. Maybe VDay Monday will turn it around.

But Jennifer Lopez isn’t box office any more, and she and Owen Wilson are much older than the rom-com movie going demographic. Light charm like this may be more of a streaming ready movie than anything that will pull couples into theaters during a pandemic.

“Death on the Nile” is doing better, a movie that is ok but not remotely as much fun as “Murder on the Orient Express.”

There’s money on the screen, very convincing digital effects, riverboat and scenery to go with the stunning costumes and less expensive cast. It is on track to open with @$13 million ($12.8), against a $90 million budget. It earned another $20.7 million overseas.

“Blacklight” bombed, pulling in $3.6 million.

“Jackass Forever” will be in a race with “Marry Me” for second place — $8 million and change ($8.05 million).

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About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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